Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) lawmaker, economist Mikayel Melkumyan will take part in the anti-corruption council set up under a government decision, saying that he sees it as a chance to “break the ice” with his party and the ruling regime following last month’s conflict between PAP former leader Gagik Tsarukyan and President Serzh Sargsyan.
A major hail storm in the Ararat Valley Monday raised concerns but did no serious damage to fruit trees, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. Trees have begun to bloom in the valley – home to much of Armenia’s apricot production – and extreme spring weather is always a concern for farmers and consumers alike.
The new start in Armenia-China relations is considered to be the result of new politics of the Armenian diplomacy: Yerevan started looking not only toward Europe, but also toward the East, which was marked by the Armenian president’s visit to China, analysts say.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will lead a decision to Armenia on April 23-24 to attend official ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, a senior Russian official said.
Campaigning for Parliamentary elections has begun in Karabakh for the May 3 election, which will seat the sixth National Assembly in the self-declared republic. A total of 33 Members of Parliament will be elected; 22 by proportional party results and 11 on majority vote.
Armenian-Russian relations were praised on Monday as Yerevan hosted Chairman of the Russian State Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
President Serzh Sargsyan received Naryshkin that day, pointing out that due to the long-term activities of the intergovernmental commission on cooperation between the Armenian and Russian parliament, relations between Armenia and Russia have become “stable and dynamic”.
Members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) still have a lot of work to do before they can introduce a single currency, Tatyana Valovaya, a member of the Union’s executive body, the Eurasian Economic Commission, said in Yerevan on Monday.
An Azeri sambo fighter has offered his apology for his unsportsmanlike behavior during the performance of Armenia’s national anthem at a recent competition, Levon Hayrapetyan, the head of the Sambo (Unarmed Self-Defense) Federation of Armenia, told Armenpress.
The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated Palm Sunday which signals the start of the Holy Week before Easter. By tradition, people go to church, have willow branches blessed, light candles and say prayers. This year the Catholicos of All Armenians declared it also Children Blessing Day.
An exhibition being held at the House of Artist of Armenia as part of the annual Sunny Dragon International Graphic Humor Festival, like many other events taking place in Yerevan these days, is devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.